Brenda Boylan Fine Art

Brenda Boylan Fine Art

5.0Exceptional(7 reviews)


Native to the West coast and a graduate of California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, Brenda studied Applied Art & Design. She began her creative career as a designer for high profile sportswear companies. Ten years later and desiring a more fulfilling life, she carried her creative senses over to her first love of fine art and has never looked back. Inspired by the Impressionists, her color-filled work has gained national Signature recognitions with the Pastel Society of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, American Impressionists Society, and the Northwest Pastel Society. She paints competitively in plein air events and has been a featured instructor at the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th Plein Air Conventions.

Brenda’s work has been published in The Pastel Journal (cover story), Plein Air Magazine, The Art of Plein Air Painting, The Best of America Pastel, and has her own signature line of Jack Richeson Pastels. Her work has been displayed at the Favell Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Museum. Brenda lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband of 30+ years.

Boylan is currently represented by The Mission Gallery in St. George, UT., and South Street Gallery in Easton, MD., and Brian Marki Fine Art in Palm Springs, CA.

I feel forutnate by what I can create and do. To me it is fullfilling when a student begins to show progress in their work.

You can view my work on my website at




1 employee
19 years in business
Serves Portland , OR

Payment methods

Credit Card, Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal, Square

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Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Painting type

I can make recommendations, Acrylics, Oil, Watercolor

Painting medium

I can make recommendations, Traditional canvas or paper, Wall or mural art, Face or body painting, Watercolor art, Pottery

Number of students

One person, Two people

Student age(s)

26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    randy W.

    I only began painting this last fall, and through Brendas guidance, instruction, and encouragement, I have discovered a new passion, and perhaps, a long hidden artist. Her style of teaching responds to all levels of mastery, and her enthusiasm and passion is infectious. Her level of mastery is enviable, but she is more than willing to share her secrets, and does so in a way that is clear and meaningful. If you are considering taking lessons from her, dont hesitate another second.
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    October 20, 2018

    Marie J.

    Brenda works well with students of different levels within the same class. She gives useful critique while always being encouraging and positive. She is enthusiastic and promotes having fun while learning! she is also an amazing artist!! I love her demos!
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    October 16, 2018

    Laura F.

    Regardless of student experience level, Brenda can guide artists to doing their best work. She is very personable, extremely professional and has a knack for explaining concepts I may have heard before but never understood.
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    October 13, 2018

    Ann F.

    Brendas class was a great overview for a beginner like me. She covered a lot from the tools we use as pastelists to mounting and protecting your work. Brenda was always supportive and encouraging but gave good critical feedback to help my work improve. And what a dynamic teacher! Fun exercises. I learned a lot from her in-class demos. I will definitely take a class with her again
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    October 13, 2018

    Renita G.

    Been in several workshops with some great artists but not all of them are able to teach what they know. Brenda is a great teacher as well as artist and lots of fun besides
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    October 13, 2018

    Mary W.

    Brenda brings years of experience to her students in clear, basic lessons packed with the fun that is Brenda. She shares her joy of art and creativity, while providing you with a good foundation to begin your own art journey. You will not be disappointed spending time and learning with her.
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    October 12, 2018

    Frequently asked questions

    I need to evaluate the skill level of the student to see where to start. It helps to know if the student has peviously taken art lessons or is a true beginner. It would be nice to see what they have previously produced as an example and how motivated they are. Examples could be sketches, drawings, or paintings.  I prefer a 3 hour lesson per week for a richer experience.

    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Art and Design from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Laguna Plein Air Association, and the Northwest Pastel Society. I have taught painting at the Plein Air Convention & Expo 4 years.

    I have been a Pastel painting instructor at Oregon Society of Artists since 2014

    $85 per 3 hr session

    I began teaching in 2004 after several requests from community artists. I created my own lesson plans and subject matter to enable a gradual ability of skill and technique.

    I have taught beginning to intermediate levels of artists. They come from a variety of backgrounds including business, accounting, ceramics, homemakers, carpenters, lawyers...many kinds of people with varied level of backgrounds.

    Door County Plein Air Invitational and/or The Pastel society of America’s Annuual Members Show. 

    Do your research. Call art societies, look at portfolios online, and look at social media to get an idea of the personality, ability, and professionalism.

    How much work is the student willing to devote to themselves

    Is the student willing to try new techniques?

    How flexible is the student to new ideas?

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